So I'm Going To Be A Dad

So I'm Going To Be A Dad
I’ve always wanted to be a dad, I’ve been writing since I was 8 years old and have been looking forward to fatherhood about just as long. But for those who know, I had a really good dad but he passed in April. So naturally I’ve thought a lot about him, his legacy, what he... Read more »

The Loss Of Comer Cottrell The Man Who Brought Us The Affordable Curl

The Loss Of Comer Cottrell The Man Who Brought Us The Affordable Curl
I just read this morning that Comer Cottrell the owner of the Pro Line which made affordable and quality hair care products for African Americans has passed. He was not the first African American to pioneer in hair care products, I’d be remiss not to mention George Johnson & Johnson Products which gave us revolutionary... Read more »

Clarification of the Proposed Amendments To The Illinois Constitution

 Clarification of the Proposed Amendments To The Illinois Constitution
So probably in the last week you received a small booklet in the mail (from the Secretary of States office), stating there are not one but two amendments up for a vote for the Illinois State Constitution on election next month (November 4, 2014), in the general statewide election. The first is for amendment to... Read more »
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My Grandparents 75th Wedding Anniversary

My Grandparents 75th Wedding Anniversary
Next Tuesday (October 14th), would have been my grandparents (Charles & Mildred Jones), 75th wedding anniversary. They were actually married 57 years (my grandfather passed in 1996 and my grandmother in 2011), but they were the epitome of dedication, love and faith. My wife & I will celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary later this month... Read more »

I Used To Love Vinyl

I Used To Love Vinyl
My love of records (wax aka vinyl), goes back as long as my existence on earth because in my youth that was the most popular format of music. You had full length albums, singles as either 45′s or 12 inches and some people still were doing 78′s. But once I reached high school my love... Read more »

The First Hunting Season Without My Dad‏

The First Hunting Season Without My Dad‏
Now for those of you who know me, you may think this is odd since my late father and I didn’t hunt (we were fishermen), but we knew many hunters (even living here in Chicago), and my dad retired to southern Illinois 16 years ago and lived in the middle of prime deer hunting land.... Read more »
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I'm Still a Car Guy After All

I'm Still a Car Guy After All
So I’m a car guy after all but I bought a SUV. So after months of looking at various vehicles, figuring out what fits our needs, looking at trucks in various stages of disrepair (rusty, paint scratched up, high mileage, etc.), and even looking at a mid-life crisis car (Chevrolet Impala SS), or two I... Read more »

What You Need To Know About General Motors Recall 13036

What You Need To Know About General Motors Recall 13036
So one of the many current General Motors recalls this year is recall 13036 which personally affects me because I own one of the cars involved, a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The first notice of the recall was mailed out about a month or so ago with notation that the parts were not available yet and... Read more »

The Loss of Joe Sample but Legacy of Great Music

The Loss of Joe Sample but Legacy of Great Music
This morning I read that legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample had died. Before people made smooth jazz a genre, Joe was playing it, he was a founding member of the genre bending jazz group The Crusaders. You probably know their biggest hit an R&B tinged jazz song from 1979 called “Street Life” with vocals by... Read more »
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Learning is Enhanced Curiosity

Learning is Enhanced Curiosity
I had a great environment to grow up in a home, for me my learning was simply enhanced curiosity and my parents let me ask questions and always encouraged me to expand my knowledge. My mother is retired  Chicago Public School (CPS) teacher and my late father was a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) diesel bus... Read more »
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